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The Edition podcast: can Boris make it?

29 November 2019

1:16 PM

29 November 2019

1:16 PM

When James Forsyth and Katy Balls interviewed the Prime Minister for the magazine this week, the Boris they found was optimistic, humorous, and above all, on message. So can anything still trip him up in the final fortnight of this election campaign? Katy speaks to James and Paul Goodman, editor of the Conservative Home website.


CCHQ will be most worried about the upcoming Trump visit for the Nato summit. Sir Christopher Meyer writes in this week’s issue that once upon a time there was a sacred convention of non-interference among western democracies. But Trump is anything but a conventional president. So how badly can this visit go for Boris Johnson? Sir Christopher joins me on the podcast, together with US commentator Kate Andrews.

And last, it’s often said that communism has never been tried properly. But in this week’s issue, historian Johan Norberg disputes that claim with the real life example of the Israeli kibbutzim. These agrarian communes were designed by Zionist pioneers who wanted to create a new socialist state. Except, the individualism of the people living in them (even the believers) meant that the kibbutzim eventually failed. I speak to Johan about exactly what happened and the lessons to be learnt.


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